Player Ratings: Newcastle 0-2 Arsenal – Martinelli and Elneny impress in a good away win

Arsenal got back to winning ways as they beat Newcastle United 2-0 at Saint James Park.

Here are the Arsenal players ratings against the Magpies.

Matt Ryan – 7.3

Made a crucial save to deny Allan Saint-Maximin in the first half. He looked very safe on crosses too.

Hector Bellerin – 7.5

The Spanish full-back was defensively solid and very good going forward, the best way to respond to being dropped for Calum Chambers.

David Luiz – 7.0

The Brazilian was a leader at the back but had to go off early in the second half after picking up a hamstring injury.

Gabriel – 7.0

He didn’t put a foot wrong in the game and stepped up when Luiz was injured which was good to see.

Granit Xhaka – 6.7

The Swiss international still doesn’t look comfortable playing fullback but made a couple of timely interceptions.

Mohamed Elneny – 7.6

Elneny had one his better games for the Gunners. Not only he opened the goal-scoring for Arsenal from the edge of the penalty area but worked hard defensively as well.

Dani Ceballos – 6.3

The Spanish midfielder had a decent all-round performance and he did not make any silly mistakes.

Willian – 6.8

He engineered a lot of of decent openings in the attacking end of the field and worked hard defensively too.

Martin Odegaard – 6.5

He was composed and tidy in the middle of the park and made some clever passes in the final third but looked like he is still working his way back to his back.

Gabriel Martinelli – 8.2

Martinelli was a constant menace for Newcastle defenders and assisted his captain with a brilliant cross.

Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang – 7.8

The Gabon international is not fully match-fit yet but still set up Elneny’s opener before going on to score a good goal himself in the second half.

Substitutes:

Calum Chambers – 6.8

He did well to step in for Luiz to see out the win with the clean sheet intact.

Nicolas Pepe – 6.2

Pepe struggled to create after coming off the bench but the game was already won.

Thomas Partey – N/A

He didn’t have enough time to make an impact.

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